Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Jesus uses two dynamic terms to position us in this world-salt and light. First is salt: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5)
NOTE Jesus says, “You ARE the salt of the earth!” It’s not that you might be or you could be, but you ARE. Salt was used as a preservative to counteract the decay in meat. In order for the salt to be effective, it must be out of the saltshaker and applied to the meat. Salt is the invisible presence of God. It must be sensed! You’re the salt in the world around you-the invisible presence of God among those you touch. Just by your presence there ought to be a preserving of purity, honesty and fairness.
NOTE that salt represents the inner quality-the being of the equation. In Rabbinic literature salt is associated with wisdom-a foolish disciple has no impact on his world. Also, salt adds flavor to things. Jesus is to life what salt is to food. Jesus and the Kingdom lend flavor to life to be a difference-maker. The world is changed by flavoring it with your salt-like presence. It’s like a thermostat; you set the temperature.
Jesus also uses the term “light”: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5)
“You ARE the light of the world!” Salt has a powerful invisible nature to it; light has more of the visible presence of God. Salt must be sensed; light must be seen! Light counteracts the darkness.
The visible presence of God consists of the energy of salt and the expression of light. It must be attractive and authentic! The core of this light is found in loving relationships with others.
We are beyond the point where mere talk-no matter how sound-can make an impression. Demonstration is required. We must live what we talk, even in places where we cannot talk what we live.
You ARE the salt of the earth and the light of the world; you are the invisible and visible presence of God on planet earth. Don’t become tasteless as salt and don’t dim out or cover up your light! Allow Jesus to be sensed and seen in you. Wherever you go and whatever you do, walk, talk, think, and love like Jesus wherever you are today.